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October 31, 1996
In the last dozen years, Secretary of State Warren Christopher says, Congress has cut spending on international affairs by 51%, adjusted for inflation. In the four years Bill Clinton has been president, foreign policy-related spending has been slashed by $2.5 billion. That has meant, among other things, that 30 embassies and consulates around the world have had to be closed, along with one-fourth of the overseas libraries operated by the U.S. Information Agency.
January 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
An American nuclear expert who visited North Korea's main nuclear facility said Wednesday that he was not allowed to see enough to make a judgment on the country's nuclear weapons capability. Siegfried S. Hecker, former director of the Los Alamos nuclear research laboratory in New Mexico, said the North Koreans "most likely" have the ability at the Yongbyon nuclear site to make plutonium.
March 16, 2005 | From Reuters
Stalled six-country negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program must be accelerated or other ways of dealing with the issue must be considered, the U.S. point man on the issue said Tuesday. Although the China-hosted talks are the preferred format for resolving the issue, said Christopher Hill, U.S. ambassador to South Korea, "we need to see some progress here. If we don't, we need to look at other ways to deal with this." Speaking at his U.S.
August 15, 2002 | From Reuters
Answering U.S. demands for reform, Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayed said today that a holding company will be formed to consolidate all Palestinian Authority funds and assets under one umbrella. In an interview, Fayed said Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat gave formal approval Wednesday night to the creation of a Palestinian Investment Fund that would be under the finance minister's direct control.
August 13, 2002 | From Associated Press
A Texas appeals court refused to review the case of condemned Mexican citizen Javier Suarez Medina on Monday, even as Mexican officials promised to appeal his execution to the U.S. Supreme Court. Also Monday, Mexican President Vicente Fox released a letter sent to Texas Gov. Rick Perry asking him to halt Suarez Medina's scheduled execution and calling the punishment "illegal." Suarez Medina, 33, is to die by lethal injection Wednesday.
February 21, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
The highest-level meeting of U.S. and Cuban officials in Havana in years was overshadowed Saturday by a flourish of recriminations reminiscent of the Cold War-era tensions that have long polarized the two nations. The talks Friday in Havana focused on immigration issues, including visas and repatriation, part of a dialogue resumed in July after a six-year suspension. Both governments labeled the talks as positive. But on Saturday, Cuba scolded the U.S. officials, who used their visit to meet with dissidents.
August 19, 2004 | Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writer
For the first time since the height of the Vietnam War, America's relations with the world loom as the most important issue for voters in the run-up to the November presidential election, according to a poll released Wednesday. Although the survey found that supporters of President Bush and Democratic challenger Sen. John F. Kerry were sharply divided in their views on a range of foreign policy issues, there was no indication either candidate enjoyed a significant advantage.
January 3, 2004 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
North Korea has agreed to allow a private American group to visit its premier nuclear weapons complex, a move U.S. government officials hope will shed light on the facilities at the center of a 14-month diplomatic standoff. The U.S. group, which includes nuclear scientists, congressional aides and former government officials, plans to visit the Yongbyon site, a member of the group said Friday.
March 7, 2003 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Thursday unanimously ratified a treaty that requires the United States and Russia to cut their arsenals of long-range nuclear weapons by about two-thirds over the next decade. Since signing the treaty in Moscow in May, President Bush has presented it as a landmark of a new and friendlier era between the United States and Russia. With Russia holding a veto at the U.N.
A year after U.S. forces began the military campaign that overthrew Afghanistan's Taliban regime, President Bush on Friday declared that the Central Asian nation has "entered a new era of hope" and he promised sustained American involvement in its reconstruction and stability. But even as Bush delivered his upbeat report, experts warned that the Afghan people still face political insecurity and the specter of famine and disease.
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